Few artists channel the spirit of '80s new wave as infectiously as George Lewis Jr., better known by the stage name Twin Shadow. Lewis wears his '80s pop influences on his sleeve throughout his recent second album, Confess: The sleek synth-pop vibe of "Five Seconds" recalls Duran Duran, while "Run My Heart" evokes Bruce Springsteen power ballads and Lewis' breathy, straightforward vocals convey the swagger of Prince. Lewis' R&B leanings help give Twin Shadow's sound its own distinct, surprisingly modern identity.
Muslims from all over the world have journeyed to Mecca for the annual Hajj. But they may find that many of the buildings around the holy area are changing. Audie Cornish speaks with Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian's architecture critic, for more on what's happening to the buildings and land in Mecca.
The 2010 census brought some bad news for Niagara Falls, New York. Once one of the biggest cities in the Northeast, it has lost more than half its population since the 1950s. As Daniel Robison reports, Niagara Falls is now at risk of losing its city status, as well as million of dollars in federal aid.
DANIEL ROBISON, BYLINE: Niagara Falls residents shuffle into a town hall meeting. It's standing-room only in this small space.
SETH PICCIRILLO: How's everybody doing? Can you hear me in the back?
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And we begin this hour with news from inside Syria. The Syrian government has announced it will cease military operations tomorrow for four days to mark the beginning of Eid al-Adha. It's one of the holiest events on the Muslim calendar. Reaction has been mixed among Syria's rebels, and as the truce was announced, heavy fighting continued in several areas.